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Technology & Information Services
Technology is a powerful tool that can be utilized in meaningful ways to positively impact the teaching and learning process and increase productivity.
The Technology & Information Services Department is organized in a collaborative, district-wide model, with a focus on technology integration at the classroom level. An enterprise Cisco Wireless network is at the core of connectivity in the district. The network provides students and staff with an internet connection in all of our buildings. Since 2009 we have allowed staff and students to connect not only their school owned devices, but also their own personal devices. Standard usernames and passwords are used for security on the network, to monitor use, and filter internet traffic appropriately per district policy.
Infinite Campus is used as the student management system to track student information, attendance, health and more. Infinite Campus also allows parents and students to track educational and student information through a web portal or mobile application such as: attendance, health information, assignments and grades.
The department uses a Novell network to provide centralized logins and provide students and staff with a personal network folder to save their work. This network is accessible by all the Macintosh and Windows desktops and laptops throughout the district. Students and staff can access these folders when outside the district through a web portal.
Google Apps is used by students and staff across the district. This service provides integrated and secure cloud based (internet based) tools like calendars, word processing, spreadsheets, forms, multimedia sharing, website development, and email. Google Apps is available almost anywhere, on any computer or mobile device, anytime there is an internet connection.
Technology use is not just the computers. Classrooms and curriculum areas are supported with the use of SMARTBoards, SMART Airliners, LCDs, sound systems, video equipment and response tools. Various applications available throughout the district to enhance learning and creating end-products of value. Collaboration tools such as Wikis, GoogleDocs, and Moodle support 21st Century learning in classrooms across the district. Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, and Google Apps are used for word processing, creating spreadsheets and presentations. Other applications and web-based tools are used for organization of ideas, online learning, specific curriculum areas such as math and social studies, and programs to support students struggling in learning areas such as reading and math.
Technology tools and best practices are shared among teachers. They share and mentor what is successful and what they have learned. It is an exciting and dynamic time for students and staff here at Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools.